Tyrann Mathieu Offers Touching Tribute to Drew Brees Following Playoff Loss
The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees fell in their Divisional Round game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday after a fourth-quarter collapse. All eyes are now on Brees, as the veteran QB has possibly played his last game after privately teasing his retirement earlier this year.
If this was, in fact, Brees' last game, New Orleans native and Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu made sure to pay tribute to the quarterback legend.
It's touching to hear Mathieu opt to talk about Brees' impact on the city, rather than his on-the-field play. It helps outsiders understand that the Brees Era in New Orleans had a major impact on those who lived through it.
Brees has spent 20 years in the league, first starting out with the San Diego Chargers before taking over as the Saints' starter in 2006. He is a 13-time Pro Bowler and took home Super Bowl 44 MVP in 2010. He currently stands as the NFL's passing yards king with 80,358 yards, just ahead of Brady in second place (79,204 yards).
New Orleans faces several questions heading into the offseason, with Brees' uncertain future and the team's salary cap conundrum. With several members of their staff moving on to elevated positions with new teams, a new era could be on the horizon for the Saints.
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